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DublinTown Food and Drink Festival returns on October 14th

DublinTown Food and Drink Festival is back to shine a spotlight on the city’s gastronomic outlets that are making the capital a world-class food and drink destination

DublinTown Food and Drink Festival


Running from October 14th to 20th, the DublinTown Food and Drink festival is a seven-day celebration of the establishments that feed and water the city from morning ‘til night.

Over 40 local city centre businesses are hosting experiences for the public to enjoy, from food trails and drink tastings to masterclasses and workshops. This great mix of activity is happening in restaurants, bars, cafes and hotels dotted across the city with their experiences all listed on a dedicated festival website -

Examples of the experiences the public can expect to see in the programme that are available to book now include:  

Food experiences

10 weirdest foods to eat before you die at Asia Marketdie - €40

This is an unforgettable event for any adventure loving foodie. You will try 10 of the most unusual and wildest foods from the world-famous ‘100 Things to Eat before you Die’ List!

Chef’s Table Experience at Isabelle’s with Belsazer Cocktails - €60

Meet Isabelle's Chef during a special sitting of their Chef's Table experience that includes a four course dinner and Belsazar cocktails

Veuve Clicquot Champagne Dinner at Café en Seine - €55

Café en Seine have come together with iconic champagne brand Veuve Clicquot to create a unique champagne dinner created by executive chef Stephen Gibson and world-famous sommelier Julie Dupouy

Mini Thai Masterclass with Executive Head Chef Tao at Saba - €50

Learn from the master, with Executive Head Chef Tao at Saba, in this Thai masterclass at Saba where you are shown some recipes to try at home as you taste each creation while enjoying a cocktail.

DublinTown Tasting Trail by Fab Food Trails - €60

Let Fab Food Trails take you on a walking tour to a number of foodie venues in Dublin city where you get to sample their food and learn more about each unique business

Experience an Irish Wild Game Menu at 101 Talbot - €34.50

Tantalise your taste buds with a unique Wild Game Menu celebrating the best of Irish game meat sourced in Wicklow. Only availble during the festival

Drink experiences

Balfes Presents: Distilleries on our Doorstep - €45

For the first time ever, 4 Dublin-based whiskey distilleries have come together for a three-course whiskey tasting dinner in Balfes at The Westbury.

Whiskey Tasting & Food Pairing Experience at 37 Dawson - €25

This is hosted in their beautiful Whiskey Bar which boasts one of the largest selections of whiskeys in the city. You will be given a fun introduction to whiskey, some interesting facts and an opportunity to taste some of the best whiskey available both in Ireland and internationally.

Port Tasting Dinner Experience at The Port House - €60

This experience is an absolute must for wine lovers who have always wanted to discover more about Port in Dublin. Experience a delightful 6-course Port tasting and food pairing dinner with Niepoort Ports and a special Portuguese Menu by The Port House.

Gin Master-Glass at Zozimus - €25

This is a gin journey with an artistic twist! Each guest will get to paint and keep their gin goblet, being guided through a journey of taste with their in-house gin expert.

Cocktail Masterclass at The Mint Bar at The Westin - €57.50

Learn more about cocktails and their history in this hands-on masterclass followed by a three-course dinner in The Westin’s restaurant - Morelands Grill

Dublin Historic Pub Trail: Dame Lane - €30

Join DublinTown on a unique Dublin Pubs historical trail, learn about four of our favourite pubs with a drink at each along the way

Coffee experiences

Taste Ireland’s Best Coffee with a Coffee Tasting at Vice Coffee - €7.50

Join the Vice Coffee team to cup, sip & slurp a selection of the world’s finest coffees that have been roasted by some of Ireland’s best roasters. They’ll have coffees from a number of the most notable roasters in the country including 3FE, Roasted Brown, Cloud Picker, Full Circle, Calendar, SoMa, Bailie’s & more. 

Irish Coffee-Making Masterclass with Cheesecake at The Oak

For this experience, you will be shown how to prepare and master the Irish Coffee. Their in-house whiskey expert will guide you through each step and give you lots of fun facts along the way, including the origins of this delicious drink. Then enjoy a slice of their delicious signature cheesecake to enjoy with your creation!

Coffee Tasting at Kaph - €25

Expert baristas from this much-loved coffee shop is going to show you how to make the perfect Carajillo (Spanish hot coffee drink to which a hard liquor) and Baileys coffees (like our famous Irish Coffee). You’ll also learn the art of great pour-over coffee while you sample some tasty coffees from around the world.

Multi-Sensory Coffee Experience with Irish Barista Champion Wojciech Tysler at Bewley's Grafton Street

This is an exclusive multi-sensory coffee workshop with Ireland’s Barista Champion 2019 and Bewley’s Barista-trainer, Wojciech Tysler. Join Bewley’s champion barista trainer perform his award-winning competition routine, a unique sensory coffee experience. Using a rare and unique blend Colombian coffee, a Geisha varietal with natural process, a really premium coffee with unique flavour. This session with Wojciech will awaken the senses with an innovative tasting series, exploring perception and playing with sight, colour, texture and sound for a coffee tasting with a difference! This one-off experience is priced at just €20

The above are just a taste of what’s in this year’s festival programme. The full list is available on

The main aim of this festival is to remind the public about the city’s wealth of talent that are working behind the scenes and to celebrate their skills. It is also a chance for the public to experience new food and drink establishments they may not have before or try something new.

Commenting on DublinTown Food and Drink Festival, CEO Richard Guiney from DublinTown said “Commenting on the announcement of the 2019 DublinTown Food and Drink Festival, CEO of DublinTown Richard Guiney says: “This year the DublinTown Food and Drink Festival is back, even bigger and better than last year. The 2019 gastronomic festival sees the city light up for a week of delicious culinary delights from Monday October 14th to Sunday October 20th with masterclasses, experiences and events taking place right throughout the week. The festival will see an array of Dublin city restaurants, bars and cafes create exciting food experiences to treat the senses and showcase Dublin’s thriving and diverse cuisine that is right on our doorstep. With ticket prices to suit all budgets, the festival is the perfect opportunity to sample the vibrant gastronomy that Dublin city has to offer. To find out more or purchase tickets visit or follow DublinTown on social media.”

Sponsoring the festival for a second year is Pallas, Ireland’s largest food business supplying local businesses from farm to fork with the freshest produce.

This year, the festival is also part of Fáilte Ireland’s Taste the Island international marketing campaign. This campaign promotes the island of Ireland’s extensive catalogue of food and drink experiences to domestic and international visitors.

Experience the city’s food and drink offerings through this gastronomic programme that’s available to view and book now on